Men drop first home game since Sept. 2012
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 01:09
The Bucs soccer team returned home to face off against future So-Con rivals, the Furman Paladins, Friday night.
ETSU looked to build off their first ever win over an NCAA top-10 team after a 1-0 win over nationally leading offense UAB. ETSU struggled on both sides of the field as the Bucs fell 5-0 to Furman.
“I am surprised at our performance,” head coach Scott Calabrese said. “I don’t know if it was over-confidence from a great weekend, but we did not perform to the level we are capable off.”
The teams came out swinging as both offensives looked for the early goal to swing momentum towards them.
ETSU kept pace but Furman was the first on the board as Martin Ontiveros headed the ball past senior goalie Ryan Coulter for the 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. ETSU looked to answer back on a foul deep in Furman territory, but the free kick sailed away from the attacking Bucs.
Furman added to the lead as Dylan Rowe fielded a deflected ball and drilled it past Coulter for the 2-0 lead in the 30th minute.
Furman almost let the Bucs back in the game as a header towards the goalie almost went into the net, but the ball sailed just over the goal. At the half, the Paladins continued to lead the Bucs 2-0.
The Bucs came out in the second half searching for a goal to get back in the game, but Furman stopped ETSU from finding the shot they so desperately wanted.
Furman continued to roll in the second half as the Bucs struggled to keep the game from spiraling out of control in front of the home crowd. The Paladins put the nails in the coffin with goals in the 77, 82 and 88 minutes, putting the match out of reach for the Bucs.
ETSU, not one to roll over, looked to score at least a single goal but the offense continued to struggle to find the final scoring step as Furman cruised into an easy 5-0 win over the Bucs.
“We haven’t scored many goals this season, and we have relied on playing gritty and having a strong defense,” Calabrese said. “We have capable goal scorers but for some reason we are not finding them in scoring positions.
The Bucs look to recover over the coming week before facing off against Appalachian State on Thursday at 7 p.m.
“This is really motivating for me, when a team comes out and embarrasses you on your home field,” Calabrese said.